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August 11, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 6

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August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
The Longhorns have been fighting among themselves in the off-season—and that may be the key to their success

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
2002 RECORD11-2 (6-2, T1 in Big 12 South)

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
WRRoy Williams (Sr.)Has school-record 34-game reception streak

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
246Yards Roy Williams needs to break Mike Adams's Texas receiving mark (3,032 yards); he's also six shy of Adams's reception record (177).

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
Mack Brown rearranged his staff to strengthen a running game that averaged a mere 3.4 yards per carry, a 16-year low for the Longhorns. Perfectionist tackles-tight ends coach Mac McWhorter now is...

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
After a troubling off-season, the Dawgs would be smart to follow the lead of their top defender, David Pollack

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
2002 RECORD13-1 (7-1, 1st in SEC East)

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
QBDavid Greene (Jr.)Led SEC in passing efficiency (137.3)

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
21Wins for coach Mark Richt since he arrived in Athens in 2001, the most by any Bulldogs coach in his first two seasons.

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
To fill the gaping hole left by the departure of strongside linebacker Boss Bailey to the NFL, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder looked for an athlete who could emulate Bailey's big-play...

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
For the Hokies, one way to go all the way is to ride a player like speedy DeAngelo Hall, who can go two ways

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
2002 RECORD10-4 (3-4, T4 in Big East)

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
RBKevin Jones (Jr.)871 yards and nine TDs as a backup

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
8Consecutive seasons in which Virginia Tech has had at least one shutout; the Hokies have blanked opponents 16 times in that span.

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
The Hokies are deftly managing the quarterback battle between junior Bryan Randall and freshman Marcus Vick, defusing media speculation by stressing that Randall will enter the season as the...

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
The Wildcats are counting on a wiser Ell Roberson to lead them to their first Big 12 title—and maybe more

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
2002 RECORD11-2 (6-2, 2nd in Big 12 North)

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
RBDarren Sproles (Jr.)Gained a school-record 1,800 all-purpose yards

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
194.6Differential between per-game rushing yards gained (264.1) and allowed (69.5) by the Wildcats last season, highest in the nation.

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
When passing-game coordinator Greg Peterson was rumored to be going to Nebraska, Bill Snyder promoted him to co-offensive coordinator.

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Quarterback Philip Rivers has embraced married life, fatherhood and the lead role in his team's title bid

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
2002 RECORD11-3 (5-3, 4th in ACC)

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
QBPhilip Rivers (Sr.)Threw for 3,353 yards and 20 TDs

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
1Rank of tailback T.A. McLendon, in freshman TDs (18) last year; Ohio State's Maurice Clarett was second with 16.

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sometimes the smartest move is standing pat. New offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's instructions were: Don't change a thing. The Wolfpack led the ACC in scoring (32.9 points per game) and were...

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Stocked in the backfield and stacked on defense, the Tigers are primed to climb in the SEC West

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
2002 RECORD9-4 (5-3, TI in SEC West)

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
LBKarlos Dansby (Sr.)All-SEC first-teamer had 75 tackles, four sacks

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
6Straight games in which Carnell Williams rushed for a TD, the first Tiger to do so. The streak ended when he broke his leg on Oct. 19.

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Coach Tommy Tuberville's decision to elevate offensive line coach Hugh Nail to offensive coordinator was the right call. An assistant to Tuberville for eight years at Ole Miss and Auburn, Nail...

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
Though their Heisman winner is gone, the Trojans have plenty of weapons left to make a run at the Pac-10 crown

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
2002 RECORD11-2 (7-1, T1 in Pac-10)

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
LBMatt Grootegoed (Jr.)Team-high 81 tackles (16½ for loss)

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
+34Trojans' turnover differential (71 interceptions and fumble recoveries, 37 turnovers) for the last two years, best in the nation.

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
To help make up for the loss of fleet-footed receiver Kareem Kelly, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, coach Pete Carroll moved speedy 5'10" sophomore corner Justin Wyatt to wideout, one...

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
After a decade of ACC dominance, it's gut-check time in Tallahassee for the suddenly struggling Seminoles

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
2002 RECORD9-5 (7-1, 1st in ACC)

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
QBChris Rix (Jr.)Needs to display maturity and consistency

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
9Combined losses in 2001 and 2002, highest total in back-to-back seasons in Bobby Bowden's 27 years in Tallahassee.

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
After a messy year of suspensions and scandals, university president T.K. Wetherell ordered an independent investigation of the athletic department. Leadership and discipline have been Bobby...

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
Coach Walt Harris's explosive West Coast attack has the resurgent Panthers on the prowl again in the Big East

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
2002 RECORD9-4 (5-2, 3rd in Big East)

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
WRLarry Fitzgerald (Soph.)Pitt freshman marks for catches, yards, TDs

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
72Points scored by Larry Fitzgerald on 12 TDs, making him first true freshman (besides kickers) to lead Pitt since Tony Dorsett in 73.

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
With linebackers coach David Blackwell off to Clemson and only one experienced player back, the Panthers turned to former Pitt linebacker Curtis Bray to coach the unit. He has already proved...

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
Behind quarterback John Navarre, Big Blue goes for big air as it looks to reassert itself in the Big Ten

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
2002 RECORD11-2 (6-2, third in Big Ten)

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
QBJohn Navarre (Sr.)48 career TDs, tied for second at Michigan

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
160.1John Navarre's career per-game passing yardage, third highest at Michigan behind Jim Harbaugh (175.8) and Tom Brady (172.6).

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr rewarded receiver Braylon Edwards for his breakout '02 season (67 catches, 1,035 yards, 10 TDs) by giving him the number 1 jersey formerly worn by All-Americas Anthony...

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
The Neuheisel fiasco overshadows an offensive juggernaut led by receiver Reggie Williams and passer Cody Pickett

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
2002 RECORD7-6 (4-4, T4 in Pac-10)

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
QBCody Pickett (Sr.)Threw for 516 more yards than Carson Palmer

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
968Team rushing yards last season, the first time Washington failed to reach 1,000 since 1939, when the Huskies had 906 in nine games.

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Confident that senior Greg Carothers has the quickness and strength to rush the passer as well as the speed and instincts to drop into pass coverage, the Huskies shifted him from starting strong...

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
A young team with experience counts on senior passer Matt Schaub to lead it to the ACC championship

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
2002 RECORD9-5 (6-2, T2 in ACC)

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
QBMatt Schaub (Sr.)147.5 passer rating ranked sixth in the nation

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
357.1Yards per game of total offense generated by the Cavaliers last season, the lowest average in the ACC and 80th in the nation.

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Shifting sophomore QB Marques Hagans to WR solves two problems: It gives the Cavaliers an added replacement for the graduated Billy McMullen and gets Hagans, a superior athlete, off the bench....

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
The Volunteers are ready for a return to basics thanks to a tough off-season regimen that was anything but voluntary

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
2002 RECORD8-5 (5-3, 3rd in SEC East)

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
QBCasey Clausen (Sr.)Perfect 9-0 as starter in enemy stadiums

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
.778Winning percentage (49-14) from 1998 to 2002 for the Vols, best of any SEC school over that span. Florida is second at .746 (47-16).

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Though Tennessee is known as Wide Receiver U, big aerial plays were sorely lacking last fall. In response, the Vols moved 5'9", 185-pound senior Mark Jones, who was recruited as a receiver but had...

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
The task of living up to last season's promise will be made easier by the Irish's stingy, ball-hawking defense

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
2002 RECORD10-3

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
QBCarlyle Holiday (Jr.)Completed only 50.2% of his pass attempts

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
7Players with 1,000-yard rushing seasons in Notre Dame history, including Ryan Grant, who had 1,085 as a sophomore in '02.

August 11, 2003 | Kelley King
To fortify the depth chart and add variety on defense, Irish coaches will use some starters as backups at other positions. This spring outside linebacker Derek Curry learned to man the middle, and...

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
A healthy running back and a seasoned quarterback make the Terrapins' offense formidable again

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
2002 RECORD11-3 (6-2, T2 in ACC)

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
QBScott McBrien (Sr.)12th in the nation in passing efficiency

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
4Punt returns for TDs by Steve Suter last season, breaking the Terps' career record of three set by Bob Smith (1972 through '74).

August 11, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Coach Ralph Friedgen didn't lack for volunteers to fill the shoes of departed All-America linebacker E.J. Henderson, but sophomore D'Qwell Jackson quickly proved he was the best fit. Though he's...

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
The traditionally ground-bound Badgers are ready to add some pizzazz by airing the ball out on offense

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
2002 RECORD8-6 (2-6, T8 in Big Ten)

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
RBAnthony Davis (Jr.)Had nation's best 3,021 rushing yards in '01-02

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
10Years in a row that Badgers have had 1,000-yard rusher, two short of NCAA record set by North Carolina from 1973 to '84.

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
After Lee Evans tore his ACL in 2002's Red and White game, coach Barry Alvarez took no chances this year. Evans was held out of the April game, and the rest of the first-string skill guys played...

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
With former minor leaguer Matt Mauck back and throwing strikes, the Tigers will contend in the SEC West

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
2002 RECORD8-5 (5-3, T1 in SEC West)

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
WRMichael Clayton (Jr.)First Tiger with 700 rec. yards in first two years

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
7-2LSU's record in the nine games in which quarterback Matt Mauck has appeared; last year the Tigers lost just once when he played.

August 11, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
LSU's gleaming new $12 million Academic Center for Student-Athletes helped reel in a consensus top-three class last February. "If a guy who's an average student sees he's going to get the best...

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
Program-builder Dennis Franchione has plenty of tools on hand—beginning with an explosive sophomore QB

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
2002 RECORD6-6 (3-5, 5th in Big 12 South)

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
QBReggie McNeal (Soph.)Should be ready after June hernia surgery

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
268.0Aggies' passing yards per game in '02, breaking the school mark of 244.6 set in '86; total passing yards (3,216) was also a school record.

August 11, 2003 | Lars Anderson
New coach Dennis Franchione has installed the A-back position (a running back-receiver hybrid) that he used effectively in the Alabama offense—last year A-back Shaud Williams accounted for 921...

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
A playmaking defender who's part corner and part linebacker has the Sun Devils stalking the Pac-10

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
2002 RECORD8-6 (5-3, T3 in Pac-10)

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
QBAndrew Walter (Jr.)First 3,000-yard passer in Sun Devils history

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
4Games last year in which Andrew Walter threw for more than 400 yards, most ever in a single season by a Pac-10 quarterback.

August 11, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
To bolster a thin tackle corps, Regis Crawford played left tackle last year. But for his senior season the 6'3", 304-pound Crawford has been shifted back to right guard, his natural spot. That...

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Two years removed from a Pac-10 championship, the Ducks look to plug the holes that sank the D last season

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
2002 RECORD7-6 (3-5, 8th in Pac-10)

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
FSKeith Lewis (Sr.)Thorpe candidate has eight career INTs

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
28-1Record in coach Mike Bellotti's eight-year tenure in games in which the Ducks held opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing.

August 11, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Oregon's new uniforms include an optional cooling vest that players can wear under their jerseys. The high-tech product, new to the market, is filled with air from a compressor on the sideline....

August 11, 2003 | Mark Beech
The Nittany Lions will be scrambling to fill the gap in the attack left by 2,000-yard running back Larry Johnson